It’s been a while since I sat down to write let alone reflectively journal. It’s almost a month now since I landed back from China #Chexit. I spent the first two weeks at home Ch’AdultingDSC_0230.jpgCʃhʌɪl’adʌlt,əˈdʌlt/ɪ ŋ/


(abiding by the laws set in your mother’s home. Incl. tasks such as cleaning, washing dishes, rising early and preparing food all in efforts to display that you have been well raised- yet preparing for looming adulting tasks Incl. budgeting/ bills-bills. Did I mention bills?

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“Know thy self”

Photography-Emily Tsui


Why is it so hard to find the correct words to describe (explain) yourself?

“It is almost unfathomable to think that creatures as egotistical and as intellectually advanced as ourselves are often stumped by one question – Who am I? It may seem simple enough but, one soon discovers that the answer is not as forthcoming as expected. The initial responses to the question often answers a completely different question all together. “I am Xhosa, South African” or “I am a son (a daughter), a brother (a sister) and a student (a consultant)” these are the first things to spring to mind. These, however, only serve to describe what you are and not who you are.” Qaqambile Mapukata
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Taking Stock One

Apparently real bloggers share their stock take. Mhh.. what I’m saying is, seasoned bloggers such as thisisess, and africastravellingseed have done this really cool stock take that I am about to take. In my re-emergence as a blogger I had to check out what’s being done in the block. So Stock Take it is :).


Making:  Decisions and Sacrifices. I deleted my Facebook account recently. Inspired by the desire to complete my Masters thesis. Now the blogs taken over. That’s not the point okay. Sacrifices are important and I am making them. Next are all the coffee dates I have signed up. After tomorrows meet-up.

Cooking: I don’t cook anymore, I’m at Peking Uni and where I live they have no kitchens. So  whatever the cafeterias are offering, that’s whats popping. Its not my favorite. I will not begin my rant on this subject. Continue reading “Taking Stock One”

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Welcome to my World ❤️ Thank you so much for stopping by.

The name right… Apple Crunch?!


The name feels like something to me → like biting into something fresh/ a new thought/ a lens of seeing. Every post is inspired by my consciousness, this awareness of life inside and around me. Be it in God (my reason for being), the socio-politics of black lives, love, travel, family, loss, risk. Every post is a bite. An apple crunch.

When I write I find the courage to discover details to my thoughts. I make it my mission to not sensor that learning process. To not discard the complexities, to not make my views more palatable to a singular worldview. This commitment to honesty is what I share with you! My journey, my learning’s, my continued wrestling.

I am currently working on a PhD looking at teacher implicit bias in former closed schools in South Africa. Education is my truest and  deepest concern, an area I have committed to apply my energies to, with the hope that it will make a  difference  in the world, to my own country, own community & family.

Thank you for connecting and reading the thoughts and stories shared on SihlesAppleCrunch. My sincere hope is that this small corner of the  world wide web will leave you thinking and challenged.

Lets Journey on and do life together. Xx

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